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No police charges in accidental terror death: UK

world Updated: Feb 14, 2009 15:26 IST

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No police will be charged in the death of a Brazilian who was mistakenly shot by officers in the tense days following 2005 terror attacks in London, prosecutors announced after a new review of the case.

Prosecutors had previously decided not to file charges against any police for killing 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes in a London subway car two weeks after 52 commuters were killed in suicide bombings on the British capital's transport network.

But prosecutors were required to review the case one final time after a jury at a coroner's inquest returned an "open verdict" on his death in December.

Prosecutor Stephen O'Doherty said there was insufficient evidence that police had committed any offence. De Menezes was mistaken for a suicide bomber.

In returning its "open verdict," the inquest jury rejected police claims that they lawfully killed de Menezes, who was shot seven times at close range by police who followed him onto a subway car.

Police had insisted they were trying to protect the public from a suicide attack when its officers shot the unarmed man.

De Menezes was killed as he sat aboard a subway train on July 22, 2005, a day after terrorists tried to set off bombs on London's transit system and two weeks after four suicide bombers killed 52 bus and subway commuters.